MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: TWO APRIL INJURY REPLACEMENT BOUTS ANNOUNCED

2 April welterweight matchups needed to be switched because of injuries, and also for the current MMA Odds and Ends I will give my thoughts on the two new fights. Tim Means vs. George Sullivan, UFC on FOX 15 Because of an injury to Kenny Robertson, Tim Means will step in on short notice to battle George Sullivan at UFC on FOX 15, which will be set for April 18 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Means vs. Sullivan will air live on UFC Fight Pass. If Means can continue to keep this fight standing, I don’t see how he loses. Sullivan is a good striker for certain, but Means is one of the best in the welterweight division at blending in all of his limbs, and so if this struggle stays standing he is going to win it. If Sullivan can get Means up against the fence and property some key takedowns, he could definitely steal a decision about the judges’ cards, but Means has revealed amazing takedown defence at 170lbs and it’s going to be somewhat hard for Sullivan to do that. Means is carrying this fight on short notice, and historically he’s a man who doesn’t get a lot of love out of bettors, however I think he has a great shot here to either knock Sullivan outside or win a decision and I am actually leaning towards Means to get the victory here, even thinking about the fact he’s carrying it on short notice. Chris Clements vs. Nordine Taleb UFC 186 Claudio Silva is from his UFC 186 welterweight bout against Nordine Taleb and now Chris Clements will take on Taleb within an all-Canadian event. UFC 186 takes place April 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Clements vs. Taleb is famous for the Fight Pass first card card. Silva vs. Taleb was probably going to be a boring, grinding affair between two guys who prefer to push up their opponents against the fence until they gas outside, in order with Clements in now instead of Silva there is a chance this could be entertaining. Clements, a striker, is in fun, back-and-forth standup bouts and if he can keep Taleb from him, he’ll likely have the ability to stand in the center of the Octagon and hurt his foe. Taleb, however, is one of those guys who sticks to his rivals such as glue, and when he can push Clements up against the fence and land some takedowns, he can win this battle based on his wrestling alone. As a result, the key for Clements is going to be to stop the takedowns, and if he continues to show developments in his wrestling like he did in his last outing against Vik Grujic, at which he stuffed the takedowns and then outstruck his opponent, he could win. I anticipate Taleb to be a small favorite here, however, don’t sleep with the short notice, even on Clements in this spot.
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